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California Couple Threatened with Fine for Conserving Water (Video)

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California Governor Jerry Brown (D) declared a drought emergency at the beginning of the year, and requested that Golden State residents start conserving water by 20 percent.

One couple answered the governor's call for water rationing, but was recently told they would have to pay a large fine for doing so (video below).

Michael and Laura Korte, who live in Glendora, Calif., received a letter from the city's code enforcement department this week warning them about their partially-brown lawn, which they only water twice a week.

The letter told the couple that if they don't use more water and make their lawn look green within 60 days, they would be fined by the city $100 to $500.

"I don't think it's right for us to start pouring water into our lawn in the middle of July during a drought," Laura told Reuters. "We're kind of in a quandary about what to do."

Ironically, statewide water regulators issued new restrictions for outdoor water use this week, which will go into effect in August. If people don't obey those regulations, they could be fined up to $500 per day.

"Our water conservation officers are there to help them figure out how to still have a beautiful yard without using up too much water," Glendora Mayor Judy Nelson told NBC 4.

However, the Kortes have called city hall, but have not gotten a response.

Whitney said they may replace their grass with a xeriscape or water-free landscaping scheme.

After the City of Glendora strongly defended their letter, they suddenly retracted it and issued a new letter, which doesn't include fines.

Sources: Reuters and NBC 4

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